Here's an interesting bit I've come across:
The GA Strategic Network Report by Byron Davies details:
96.... I have received a number of indications that there is a distinct move by some more GA business inclined airports to deter smaller private aircraft from visiting their airfields. This can be brought about by disproportionate landing charges or more severely, high compulsory handling charges. While access to airports must be a matter for airport owners, there is a case that the adverse impact of these changes, should be regulated in some way.
But then this Government consultation states:
3.43 The government’s understanding from engagement with the industry is that the ground handling market is competitive and the quality of ground handling is becoming a more important factor in the market rather than price alone, demonstrating the market is correcting itself. Therefore, the government does not believe there is a case to intervene
The government needs to know that lighter side of GA certainly does not require handling. And even if minimum handling costs £15+VAT (Durham), £40+VAT (Newcastle) or £220+VAT (Manchester/Edinburgh/Stansted), the service and result is almost exactly the same to me and makes little difference.
In other words, I feel forced to pay much more for nothing.
If we don't take part in protecting GA access to infrastructure, the smaller aerodromes will be built over, the larger aerodromes will have exorbitant handling fees and awkward procedures, and airspace will be over-classified to Class A everywhere.